Next guest of honor is my best friend, Daphne Davenport, who has encouraged me at every stage of my development as an artist, writer, wife, mother, friend..... all those things that matter so much in life. Here's Daphne and me (left) at her mother's lake house outside Little Rock on the 4th of July weekend ...
Speaking of critique groups, the Yoknapatawpha Writers Group started one year ago in Oxford, springing out of the 2007 Yoknapatawpha Summer Writers Workshop. These guests of honor are all members of this group that is trying to make me a better writer: here we are at our very first meeting in September, 2007: Herman King, Patti Trippeer, Tom Hamilton, me and Doug McLain. I LOVE YOU GUYS!
Oh, and the party wouldn't be complete with Lee Gutkind and Dinty Moore (left, with Neal White at Off Square Books) instructors at the Creative Nonfiction Workshop I attended this past year... This is Lee (right) introducing speakers at the conference in February.
And the children at St. John Orthodox Church's Vacation Church School this summer embraced iconography as they learned about "Windows to Heaven" during a weeklong program. I was invited to lead an activity with them one morning, and they were eager learners.
Oh, and of course I'd invite another special friend, Sally Elliott to the party. Sally is a tremendous editor and soul friend this past year. Here she is up in Alaska, where she used to live.
Other party-goers that need to be invited to my blog party are my fellow St. John Dinner Club members from this past year... especially Ethan and Claire Van Drimmelen(congratulations to Ethan and Claire on the birth of their daughter, Zoe Anne, on Monday!!!) hosts par excellent.. who came up with the clever 50s dinner party we had earlier in the year...
which inspired these crazy 50s costumes...
and martinis... that's Ethan in red
And of course my FAMILY have been guests on my blog all year... my sweet husband has showed up quite a few times... in all of the "hats" he wears: husband and father (Bill, Dad), priest (Father Basil), and physician (Doctor William Cushman). This is us celebrating our 38th wedding anniversary on June 13 at Roustica Restaurant, just around the corner from our house in midtown Memphis.
My son, Jon, with his friends Elizabeth and Will Crabb ... before his last tour of Iraq, from which he returned safely just a couple of weeks ago! Here they are at the River City Arts Fest, in downtown Memphis.
And my son Jason and his new wife, See, who live in Colorado. You can read about the visit Beth and made out to meet See in May here.
So much to celebrate! Like Caitlyn and Erin and Keetha, who faithfully leave comments (and have great blogs themselves!)